Old Homestead continues his perfect, albeit young, career with a commanding victory in the Lafayette S. on Keeneland's opening day of the spring meet. The Florida-bred began his career with an 11 1/2 length blow out Jan. 28 at Delta Downs, finding no competitor against an open field of maidens at five furlongs. Staying sprinting on the main track at the venue, it was a similarly devastating performance against an allowance field as Old Homestead coasted home by 5 3/4 uncontested lengths.
Stepping into stakes company, the Brett Brinkman trainee was sent off at 8-1 odds and it was second verse, same as the first: the colt broke on top, commanded the early pace, and pulled away from competition in the stretch under steady urging to win by 3 3/4 lengths despite not changing leads until the final sixteenth. Surfer Dude tracked from second all the way around and held his spot in the lane.
The winner is his dam's first foal and stakes winner. He has a 2-year-old half-sister by Astern (Aus) named Cora Pearl and the mare delivered a 2022 filly by Practical Joke. This is the family of Italian Group 1-placed runner Without Connexion (Ire), Grade I Frizette S. winner Yellow Agate (Gemologist), and six other group or graded runners. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.
LAFAYETTE S., $342,175, Keeneland, 4-8, 3yo, 7f, 1:22.98, wf.
1–OLD HOMESTEAD, 118, c, 3, by Overanalyze
1st Dam: Pearl de Vere, by Songandaprayer
2nd Dam: The Dove, by Hawk Wing
3rd Dam: Flabbergasted (Ire), by Sadler's Wells
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O/B-Marablue Farm LLC and Pegasus Stud LLC; T-Brett A. Brinkman; J-Thomas L. Pompell. $169,725. Lifetime Record: 3-3-0-0, $212,325.
2–Surfer Dude, 118, c, 3, Curlin–Tiz Miz Sue, by Tiznow. ($190,000 Ylg '20 KEESEP). O-Mark H. and Nancy W. Stanley; B-CresRan LLC (KY); T-Dallas Stewart. $73,000.
3–Osbourne, 118, g, 3, Tapiture–Planet Rock, by Rock Hard Ten. ($9,500 RNA Ylg '20 WANJUL). O-Southern Springs Stables (Ron Moquett), The Estate of Floyd Sagely, Mark Tauber, Keith Johnston and Robert V. LaPenta; B-Amy Boulton (KY); T-Ron Moquett. $36,500.
Margins: 3 3/4, 1, 1. Odds: 9.90, 14.20, 25.60.
Also Ran: My Prankster, Money Supply, American Xperiment, Magnolia Midnight, All in Sync, Ignitis, Unified Report, Tejano Twist, Barossa.